WORTHINGTON — A Lakefield resident is accused of several offenses in relation to a call placed around 3 a.m. Sept. 11 that reported an assault taking place outside The Tap in Worthington.
The victim said that Daizon Martin, 26, was intoxicated and walking toward his vehicle near the corner of Second Avenue and 13th Street when he stole the victim's purse and shoes and pushed the victim to the ground. He then allegedly began charging at the victim, at which point the victim felt afraid and called the police.
When Martin saw officers pursuing him, he allegedly ran to his car and pulled his 3-year-old child out of the vehicle by one arm, then used the child as a shield against police. After about 10 minutes, the officers convinced Martin to put the child down, but he still struggled against being arrested, throwing blows at police. One officer took an elbow to the face, causing swelling.
Martin was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, a felony that carries a maximum possible sentence of three years in prison and/or a $6,000 fine. He also faces a number of lesser charges: gross misdemeanor child endangerment, two counts of misdemeanor domestic assault, gross misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process and misdemeanor theft.
The stolen purse was recovered from Martin's vehicle.
Martin was released on conditional bail at no cost Sept. 14 and had his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.